Gov. Bill Haslam applauded the naming of 169 schools across Tennessee as Reward schools—including 14 in Hamilton County.
For the second time, the state Department of Education released its list of schools in the top 5 percent of two categories—overall academic achievement and value-added growth. The categories are described by the state as performance and progress, respectively.
In Hamilton County, the number of Reward schools more than doubled.
Last year, six schools in the system achieved Reward status.
One local school earned top marks in both categories.
Thrasher Elementary scored in the top 5 percent of schools in progress and performance statewide—for the second straight year.
Schools in Hamilton County besides Thrasher achieving performance status were Big Ridge Elementary, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, Chattanooga State Middle High, Lookout Mountain Elementary and Normal Park Museum Magnet School. Schools being recognized for progress were Apison Elementary, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (charter), Ganns Middle Valley Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Orchard Knob Elementary, Snow Hill Elementary and Soddy Elementary.
In a news release, Haslam praised the schools' achievements.
"Our Reward schools have proven that all students can learn and grow even though their starting lines may be different, a critical part of our effort to prepare our students for the jobs available in the marketplace now and in the future," Haslam said. "We are incredibly grateful for the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.”
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